Category Archives: UESF News

Student Debt Relief Workshop – Saturday, December 3rd at Moscone Elementary

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The CTA Member Benefits department will offer a free workshop to UESF members who are interested in learning about student loan forgiveness and how to get your life in financial order. If you have Stafford or Perkins loans and teach in a “high needs” school or teacher shortage area, you may be eligible for a portion of student loan forgiveness. There are limitations for educators who have consolidated their loans, which will be discussed in greater detail at the workshop.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, December 3rd at Moscone Elementary School (2576 Harrison St.) from 9:30–11:00 a.m. Parking is available in the garage, entering from 21st St. at Treat St. Light refreshments will be served.

To RSVP and for a list of qualifying schools and shortage areas, click here.

Free Housing Clinic for Educators – First Thursday of Every Month this Fall

Next Clinic:
Thursday, December 1st
4:00-7:30 p.m.
BALANCE
595 Market St. (at 2nd St), SF

With funding provided by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) through the 2015 Prop. A housing bond, housing counseling will be available directly to UESF members the first Thursday of every monht this fall. The counseling will be coordinated by Homeownership SF, a local nonprofit, in conjunction with the Eviction Defense Collaborative.

Services include eviction defense, home purchasing assistance with HUD approved counselors, and rental counseling. The clinics will be staffed by expert counselors and eviction advocates. Educators who attend are strongly encouraged to bring relevant materials to the counseling sessions, including: legal notices, landlord communications, current leases, household monthly budget, recent pay stubs for all household members.

Upcoming Sessions Include:

  • December 1st, 2016: BALANCE, 595 Market St., SF 94105

No RSVP is necessary; to access services just drop in. For more information go to www.homeownershipsf.org/educators.

UESF ‘It’s Almost Vacation!’ Party

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4:30-8:30 p.m.
ILWU Local 34 (next to AT&T Park)

All UESF members, friends, and family are invited to the UESF “It’s Almost Vacation!” Party on Friday, December 9th! Now more than ever it is important that we come together to celebrate our communities. There will be great food, raffle prizes for the whole family, a sing along, and dancing! Please help spread the word and let us know how many people you will bring to the party!

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Meeting the Needs of Our Students

November 18, 2016

A high school lesson plan written by a Mission High School teacher and shared by UESF has garnered a lot of attention over the past few days. The lesson plan was intended to be used to help our students understand and put in perspective the presidential election. UESF stands by the posting and sharing of the lesson plan and the academic freedom of teachers to develop and implement their own curriculum.

As teachers, one of our fundamental roles in the classroom is to ensure the social and emotional wellbeing of our students. Following a bitter and divisive presidential campaign, during which our President-elect made a series of racist, sexist, and xenophobic remarks, many of our students have expressed feelings of fear, intimidation, and uncertainty. To simply ignore or somehow diminish the impact the language on the campaign trail has had on our students would be a grave disservice to them. In fact, there is no better place to have these discussions than a safe space at school.

We cannot state strongly enough that we support the right of our students to form and express their own beliefs. San Francisco students who support the President-elect should be protected from intimidation and fear and their voice should be included in all discussions about the presidential race and the future. Because of the pain caused by the divisive rhetoric, the best way to have these discussions are in safe spaces at our schools. It is appropriate to use a restorative justice model when having these discussions.

Moving forward, we intend to set up a committee of rank-and-file educators, to look at ways that we can develop age-appropriate lesson plans and curriculum that address current events. Regardless of political affiliation, we can all agree that the role of our government and our elected leaders is going to undergo fast and profound changes. If you are interested in participating in such discussions, please email UESF President Lita Blanc at lblanc [at] uesf [dot] org.

UESF is committed to the civil and human rights of all of our students and the communities that we serve. We are ready to vigorously defend any attempts to curtail the rights of immigrants, Muslims, the LGBTQ community, and the rights of women to control their own bodies. We will also stand firm to defend full funding and support for our schools and our vital social services.

UESF is equally committed to defending our rights to academic freedom. Read this statement by UESF President Lita Blanc affirming the right to academic freedom.

We welcome your thoughts about all of these issues and the perspectives of our students, their families, and all San Francisco residents. Please send an email to ask-uesf [at] uesf [dot] org with any comments you might have.

Thank you for all of the work you do and for your ongoing commitment to providing a quality education to our students!

P.S. For an excellent set of resources for educators, students, and families to counter hateful rhetoric and foster positive dialogue, check out this page put together by the National Education Association.

Ensuring Safe, Welcoming, and Bias-free Schools

November 16, 2016

Below is a link to resources available to educators to help ensure safe, welcome and bias-free schools. We will update this post as more resources are made available.

Ensuring Safe, Welcoming, and Bias-free Schools: National Education Association Resources for educators, students, and families to counter hateful rhetoric and foster positive dialogue.

Moving Forward After the Election

November 10, 2016

The results of the November election are rightfully sending people to the streets, taking a stand against the vile hatred and intolerance that Donald Trump represents. His election has made all of us less safe in our lives, but particularly those who are immigrants, people of color, the LGBTQ community, the Muslim community, and women. Without a doubt, we must continue organizing in our communities and across the state and nation to resist every and all attempt by Trump to role back our rights and to take back all of the hard earned progress that we have made as a country. Continue reading

Joint UESF/SFUSD Statement on Wages Settlement

November 10, 2016

We have some good news to share about the talks between SFUSD and UESF regarding a salary adjustment. Yesterday the District and UESF agreed on a two percent (2%) increase on the salary schedule (prospective only) for teachers and paraprofessionals.

In recognition of the different payroll schedules for UESF members, the 2% raise will be phased in as follows: For certificated UESF members hired before the 1993-1994 school year, the 2% raise will begin on the pay period covered by the January 31, 2017 paycheck. For certificated UESF members hired after the 1993-1994 school year, the 2% raise will begin on the pay period covered by the February 28, 2017 paycheck. For classified UESF members, the 2% raise will begin with the pay period covering December 28, 2016 to January 10, 2017 and paid on January 18, 2017.

This two percent (2%) increase is in addition to the July 1, 2016 five percent (5%) raise. Together these total a seven percent (7%) increase on the salary schedule for the 2016-17 school year.

The District and UESF recognize that it is imperative that we work together to increase salaries for teachers and paraprofessionals. Thank you for the important work you do each and every day for our children and families.

A Dozen San Francisco School Communities Take Part in the AROS Nationwide Day of Action in Support of Prop. 55

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Parents, students, and staff at Redding Elementary take a stand for full funding of schools!

Thanks to all of the parents, students, educators, and school advocates who took part in the AROS nationwide day of action for public schools today. School communities across the city helped spread the word about the urgent need to pass Prop. 55 on the statewide ballot.

Check out our Facebook Photo Album of the event and this SF Examiner article covering the day of action.